September 15th, 2008
12:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Dems hit McCain on tone of campaign

A new Obama ad is attacking the tone of McCain's campaign.
A new Obama ad is attacking the tone of McCain's campaign.

(CNN) – Democrats stepped up their offensive to paint John McCain and his team as deliberately dishonest Monday, as Barack Obama’s campaign released a new ad that accuses the Republican nominee of “deception,” and the Democratic National Committee launched a Web site tracking GOP “lies.”

“What happened to John McCain?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, “Honor.”

The ad quotes commentators calling the Arizona senator’s ads “vile” and filled with "dishonest smears" from a "disgraceful, dishonorable campaign."

“After voting with Bush 90 percent of the time, proposing the same disastrous
economic policies... It seems ‘deception’ is all he's got left,” says the announcer. The Obama campaign said the ad was running on national cable and in “key” states.

Monday morning in Jacksonville, McCain blamed Obama for the increasingly brutal tone on the trail. “Senator Obama's been saying some pretty nasty things about Governor Palin and me,” he said. “...That's ok. He can attack if he wants, but all the insults in the world aren't going to bring change to Washington.”

Last week, Obama’s spokesman used similar language to describe McCain and his campaign ads, accusing the Arizona senator of “cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history.” On Sunday, former Bush strategist Karl Rove criticized both campaigns, saying the recent McCain charges against Obama went “beyond the 100 percent truth test.”

The McCain campaign strongly rejects the charge, and says the judgment from the Obama team and many journalists reflects bias against the Republican nominee’s presidential bid.

As the new Obama spot debuted, the DNC launched a Web site - "Count the Lies" – focused on statements from McCain and his surrogates. Democrats pointed to 51 so far since McCain effectively captured the Republican nomination.

The McCain campaign quickly responded. “As Americans face economic uncertainty, it is clear that Barack Obama would sooner hurl insults than discuss his record of seeking higher taxes during a down economy, opposing additional off-shore drilling to reduce energy prices and voting the partisan line nearly 100 percent of the time," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "This latest ad by Barack Obama is a desperate effort to move away from talking about his thin, but alarming record on the issues, and it isn’t going to reform Washington or strengthen our economy.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (345 Responses)
  1. Joe

    McCain is disgusting.

    September 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Amanda

    Funny, I've read all of the posts and the only thing a pro-BHO person can write positively about their candidate and why they'll vote for him is for "change". Nice and vague, unless you count his hollow promises to increase handouts to those who feel entitled to something without working for it. And how would he do that? Raise our taxes!

    Also, since the BHO backers aren't into checking facts much, Jesus WASN'T a 'community organizer', he was a preacher and a teacher. I don't believe BHO has held those positions, correct?

    By the way, how is BHO's brother doing on his $1 a month? He must be living the high life. If BHO won't/can't take care of his half-brother, what makes you think he'll take care of you?

    I plead with any of you to actually research what you're being told by the press. Don't be a lemming and jump off the cliff.

    September 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Rodger

    The old John McCain wouldn't vote for the new(now) John McCain. Yes, he has lost his honor.

    September 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. OBAMA SUPPORTER 2008-2016

    OH Pleaaaase, OBAMA hasn't said anything about the NIAVE undeserving PALIN that she hasn't said about herself!
    That woman called herself the pitbull with lipstick!!!!
    She just gave a speech this morning and LIED and LEFT OUT INFORMATION that her JET on EBAY... DID NOT SELL ON EBAY!!
    It sold for 600,000 dollars less off of ebay to a broker. Helllloooo and the BRIDGE to know where she says, "she told congress... thanks but no thanks???" SHE IS a LIAR!! She supported that bridge from day one but when Congress disliked the idea she then said well then, no thanks to the bridge and opposed it. YEAH RIGHT. LADY you are a BIG LIAR!!!! You have abused your power enough! McCain watch out... she is planning to be President and she is getting there through your little loop hole.

    OBAMA/Biden 2008

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Kingsley Orji, Oyigbo, Rivers state Nigeria

    Why is McCain still up in the polls despite the lies?
    It's either that the American voters are plain stupid or the election is simply a black and white thing.
    America will get the president they deserve (They voted for)

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Sabrina

    Talk about lying, Karl Rove said they were both over the top, but as always you Obama people only tell part of the truth, we should believe you on any thing , I think not. This indepentent for McCain/Palin, should have put Hillary on the ticket, he deserves to lose.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Proud to be American

    Yes.... I am glad to see the Democrates fighting back... if they want to play dirty we must go their too... just stick to the facts and policies.. and America will see the truth..... Hey I saw an ad this morning by a different group of retired military who stated that McBush does not have the right temperment to have control of the little red button :0(

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Mary from CA

    WAY TO GO OBAMA CAMPAIGN. A Donation is on its way. Expose the Republicans for what they are.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Ted

    keep it coming! swing the big bat. and let'em hear it.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Change we can't believe in.

    McCain is leading in the polls not because of his lies, he is leading because the Democrats put up a bad candidate. Is McCain lying? Yes. But they are rhetorical lies. Meanwhile Obama said he'd filibuster against the telecom immunity bill in order to preserve our constitutional right to privacy, but then voted FOR the bill!!! That's a practical, real lie that hurts the people. The Dems really screwed up this golden opportunity by putting that guy on the ticket.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. susie

    The Democratic Congress has done nothing for the last 2 years. They are a big part of the problem in Washington.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Independent-Gurnee, IL

    the GOP claims about the media bias, but excuse me for stating the obvious, but the bias that they are referring to is well earned. 24 years of blatantly bad policies, divisive and 8 years of an arrogant white house that uses the constitution as toilet paper has helped them earn the bias they are claiming against.

    September 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Sarah

    Notice how these are all quotes from reputable news sources. Obama made NONE of this us. McCain brought this upon himself.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    "...all the insults in the world aren't going to bring change to Washington.”

    McCain, it is so sad that you were losing so bad that you had to steal Obama's platform! ...but, sadly, there are thousands of folks in the USA that obviously love, admire, and fall for your horrible deceptions.

    Baldwin/Castle 08!

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Alabama Dem

    This comment is to palin power, maybe if republicans funded education more you would realize that Obama is leading in the only poll that matters which is state by state electoral college. Polysc. 101 national polls do not matter because we have state elections not national elections, but do not worry after obama is elected people will be able to afford a better education.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. mike

    Fact checks can be wrong, after all they are done by people with slanted views. Speaking of vile and erroneous ads how about oshama saying McCain does not know how to use e-mails. That is a lie, he does but cannot use a keyboard due to his hands being messed up while a prisoner. Now that is a smear/lie by oshama along with many others.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Chris

    United we stand, divided we fall, we as Americans are becoming divided, and we are falling, we need to stop bickering about petty politics, and discuss, like adults, the real issues. I believe that Obama can discuss the real issues, and he can reunite this nation. Right now its dirty politics, but their is not a whole lot you can do when the other opponent uses those tactics. People, in general, will listen and believe a false, negative attack before an honest, and positive defense. The only way to fight negativity is to use more negativity, which in and of itself is very destructive to both the attacker and the target. It is to bad that this campain has come down to petty politics.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Chickens of justice

    What about Obama's tone- superior, perfect, better than anyone else- condescending, mocking, jeering? He of perfect judgments and perfect plans- but of NO accomplishments and no achievements.

    I have problems electing such a cocky, bragging, self-impressed man to the office of POTUS.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Liars

    The people who constantly say the Obama campaign and the MSM attacked Palin's family – where is the proof? When did the Enquirer and Blogs become "real" journalists/msm? Get a life Liars, no one is buying that anymore. Your lies and hypocrisy are being exposed.

    Also, cell phones are not being used in these polls, so of course the real truth in who people and especially young people are not being taken into account.

    BTW: I am a former republican.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    MCSHAME HAS THE MANNERS & INTEGRITY

    OF AN OLD IRREVERENT PROSTITUTE. I WATCHED

    HIM SLITHER AROUND OBAMA AT COLUMBIA & HE

    SLITHERED AROUND HIM WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING

    HIM IN THE EYE. SCUM BALL THINKS WE ARE ALL IDIOTS.

    ALL THE GREEDY MINDLESS IDIOT WANTS IS THE 13TH HOUSE.

    September 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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